Queen Elizabeth II

Queen’s addresses on coronavirus outbreak

Here is the text of Queen Elizabeth’s address, only the fifth special televised broadcast she has made during her reign, the longest in British history.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.

“I want to thank everyone on the NHS (National Health Service) front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.

“I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones. Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.

“I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.

“The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.

“Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbours, or converting businesses to help the relief effort.

“And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.

“It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do. While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.

“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.

“But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.”

© RAW 2020

National cabinet to discuss more rental relief options

The national cabinet is set to meet again today, with rental relief back on the agenda.

Last week, the federal government announced a six-month ‘moratorium’ on rental evictions, essentially meaning that landlords would be unable to evict their tenants if they were unable to pay their rent.

Though today the cabinet will receive further advice on how to protect both commercial and residential tenants from the financial effects of coronavirus.

Chair of the committee, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it’s a complicated process, because the landlords are also at risk.

Last week, tenants were asked to work together with their landlords and the banks to figure out a solution, though it’s stirred up a number of problems already.

The Prime Minister says they need to find a better way to encourage the parties to work together.

“What we are seeking to do, working with the states, is to ensure that there are the appropriate incentives in place for landlords and tenants to get together, particularly those who are under great stress,” Mr Morrison said.

In Queensland, the state government has starting stepping in with financial relief for renters who have lost their job and have to wait a month for Centrelink funds.

 

 

Renters can apply for $500pw help from Qld govt until Centrelink kicks in

Good news for renters across Queensland, with the state government providing emergency rental assistance to those struggling due to the virus.

It’s set to be a temporary relief until Centrelink assistance start flowing next month.

State Treasurer Jackie Trad did a live Q&A on Facebook last night, saying they will help those who are waiting for federal help, particularly to cover their rent.

It’s understood the emergency rental assistance could be as much as $500 per week, for a period of four weeks.

Ms Trad says the state government can help.

“Where you’ve lost your job, you’re not going to get any income support from Centrelink until at least the 27th of April, so that’s still four weeks away, you can’t make rent.

“The Queensland government has an assistance program where we will provide you with $500 a week to help you with your rent payment,” Ms Trad said on the Facebook video.

Those hoping to get the help are being urged to contact the Residential Tenancies Authority.

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Woman suffers facial injuries in car crash on northern Gold Coast

A woman has been hospitalised after a single car crash in Coomera overnight.

Just after midnight, emergency services were called to Foxwell Road and Ragamuffic Drive West.

Paramedics treated the woman briefly at the scene, for face and seatbelt-related injuries.

She was then taken to hospital for further treatment.

The woman’s believed to be in a stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

‘Act like you have it’: NSW Premier says community transmission is the focus

NSW Authorities are pleading with residents to just pretend they have the virus, in order to reduce community spread.

Overnight, another 114 cases were identified, bringing the state wide total 2032.

To date, there have been eight deaths across the state, currently 164 cases are being treated, including 35 in intensive care, with 16 requiring ventilators.

But Premier Gladys Berejiklian says these aren’t the number to be focusing on right now.

“Whilst the number of cases have stabilised there’s a number of reasons for that, and what’s of concern to all of us is that unknown.

“That level of community to community transmission that you might not pick up because people don’t have the symptoms.

“And that’s the real threat, people walking around without symptoms not realising they have the disease.

“That’s why its really important for everybody to assume they have it, and act like they have it,” Premier Berejiklian said this morning.

The state’s Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says NSW Health will be ramping up testing in those areas that have seen community transfer breakouts, including in Bondi.

“It’s pleasing to see a decline, but we need to remain cautious, we have seen a decline in testing numbers.

“Hence today, I’m really urging that we increase the testing, particularly in areas where there’s community transmission, or around clusters and that’s really to assure ourselves that we have identified as many cases as possible in the community.

“It’s important to know that case detection, us finding those cases early, and then isolating cases and quarantining – that’s putting into isolation those cases around that confirmed case – are important strategies for preventing onward transmission in the community.

“And this important public health measure complements the social distancing strategies that the government has put in place.

“But the contract tracing by identifying these cases early in the community and identifying contacts is an important public health measure that we will need to continue with throughout this pandemic, as the community spread occurs,” Doctor Chant said.